Crops on over 250,000 hectares destroyed in continuous downpour
At least 22 people died and vast stretches of standing crops were destroyed across Andhra Pradesh after untimely rains accompanied by gusty winds and hailstorm lashed many parts of the state since February 15 evening. There was continuous downpour for 48 hours.
Rains lashed all the three regions—Telangana, Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra—of the state. On February 17 alone, the state received 22.1 cm rains.
According to the state disaster management department, out of the 23 districts in the state, as many as 12 districts suffered losses in the incessant rains. Deaths have been reported from nine districts—Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Chittoor, Warangal, Karimnagar. Adilabad and Nizamabad.
Krishna district received highest rainfall of 88 mm followed by 66.4 mm in Guntur district. Besides loss of human lives, 11 cattle heads too were killed by the continuous downpour.
On a rough assessment, 148,000 hectares of standing crops, including paddy, maize and Bengal gram and another 104,000 hectares of horticulture crops have been destroyed in rains. About 860 houses have been damaged fully or partially. In Adilabad district alone, 750 houses suffered damage.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has reviewed the situation and directed the district collectors and officials to prepare loss assessment reports.
On January 31, Rangareddy district had experienced rains with hailstorm and entire villages were enveloped by a blanket of snow.
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